Football's most awkward moment? When Alex Song thought Puyol wanted him to lift trophy

Alex Song thought Puyol wanted him to lift La Liga trophy, but he was mistaken

Barcelona were crowned La Liga champions in the 2012/13 seasons.

And, after beating Malaga on the final day of the season, one of the most awkward moments in football history occurred.

Carles Puyol picked up the trophy but he didn’t want to lift it himself.

He wanted Eric Abidal to lift it with manager, Tito Vilanova.

The Frenchman went through a lot in his football career, He was diagnosed with cancer in March 2011 and underwent surgery.

Exactly a year later, the left-back had to undergo a liver transplant, putting him out of action for 13 months.

He was able to recover and finally returned to the first-team picture in April 2013.

Alex Song in action for Barcelona
CARTAGENA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 06: Alex Song of Barcelona reacts during the Copa del Rey, Round of 32 match between FC Cartagena and FC Barcelona at Estadio Cartagonova on December 06, 2013 in Cartagena, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

So, Puyol had the lovely idea of letting Abidal lift the La Liga trophy with Vilanova, who also had a number of health problems himself.

But, Alex Song thought that Puyol wanted him to lift the trophy instead.

Song walked forward with a beaming smile on his face, only for Puyol to grab Abidal’s hand instead.

The Cameroonian managed to style it out well as he slowly moved backwards and clapped his teammate.

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Nine years on and it’s still so awkward it’s painful.

Abidal departed the club later that summer. It was a lovely gesture from Puyol and Abidal went on to admit that lifting the trophy was the best moment of his Barcelona career.

β€œThe best memory I have here is when I lifted the league trophy with Tito [Vilanova],” he said, per Marca.

β€œAlso, in the last match I played here I was able to bring my cousin [who donated part of his liver to help the player’s recovery] out to the middle of the pitch and he deserved it.

β€œI managed to get a lot of people to applaud him and I think that represents what Barcelona is all about.”

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